Living with these diseases

Supportive Care

Supportive care plays an important role in the treatment of many people living with blood conditions. This involves making every effort to improve your quality of life, by relieving any symptoms you might have and by preventing and treating any complications that arise from your disease or treatment. Blood transfusions, antibiotics, intravenous fluids and similar treatments, can all be important elements of medical supportive care.

Non-medical supportive care may involve complementary therapies, nutrition support, exercise, counselling and similar services. Inform your haematologist if any surgery or treatment is planned by another practitioner, as advice may be required from your haematologist as to the best supportive treatment, such as transfusions, blood tests or other monitoring, to ensure that your treatment happens successfully without problems due to your disease, current or previous treatment.

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